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Music / Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Left to right: Zinner, O, Chase.
A Dance-Punk/Art Punk/Everything band from New York, Yeah Yeah Yeahs formed back in 2000, and consists of singer Karen O, guitarist Nick Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. While remaining fairly unknown for a long time, they started gaining popularity (like other bands, having a song in Rock Band tends to send a few sales your way).

The band itself has an odd Rock Trio setup, with each member's stage persona fitting a different stereotype. This has been commented on by the band themselves a few times. In particular Karen O is said to be much more subdued than her stage persona, to the surprise of many fans.

Studio Album Discography

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs (EP) (2001)
  • Machine (EP) (2002)
  • Fever to Tell (2003)
  • Show Your Bones (2006)
  • It's Blitz! (2009)
  • Mosquito (2013)
  • Cool It Down (2022)


Associated Tropes:

  • AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: "Dudley" is a notable offender in that several of the lines don't even attempt to fit the melody, e.g. "If you can't even cope wi-i-iiith it..."
  • Album Title Drop: Fever to Tell takes its title from a line in "Man."
  • Alice Allusion: "Heads Will Roll", which is sung from the perspective of the Queen of Hearts (See Off with His Head! below).
  • Audience Participation: The video for "Cheated Hearts" features the band performing as well as numerous clips of fans from all over the world, dressed up as the band and also lip-syncing to the song.
  • Careful with That Axe: "Art Star" and "Mysteries."
  • Dance-Punk: This is one of the myriad genres to influence them.
  • Flanderization: The three band members often get reduced to their respective personae. This also happens to Karen O's decidedly non-limited wardrobe.
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  • Fun with Acronyms: "Maps" supposedly stands for "My Angus Please Stay", Angus being Liars frontman Angus Andrew, Karen's boyfriend at the time.
  • Hidden Track: On Fever To Tell, "Poor Song" is hidden about a minute after the end of "Modern Romance", the last listed song. Digital editions just give "Poor Song" its own track.
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: "Date With The Night" is all about specifically female masturbation.
  • Lighter and Softer: "Little Shadow", "Subway", "Wedding Song".
  • Metal Scream: Ho ho, yeah. Karen could give Corey Taylor a run for his money.
  • New Sound Album: It's Blitz!, which saw them moving away from their punk origins to a more electronic sound.
  • Off with His Head!: "Heads Will Roll", duh. Even the first line of the song is literally naming the trope! The end of the music video also alludes this, with the whole band ending up dismembered, and Karen O beheaded.
  • One-Word Title: Plenty. "Maps", "Zero", "Hysteric", et cetera...
  • Performance Video: Most of them.
  • Refrain from Assuming: Many people think their biggest hit, "Maps", is called "They Don't Love You Like I Love You".
    • Also applies to "Heads Will Roll", which many think is called "Dance Til Your Dead".
  • Spell My Name with a "The": oddly inverted- the band name has no "The" in it, but you will almost always hear it added. Maybe The Yeah Yeah Yeahs is just easier to say.
  • Subdued Section: "Runaway," "Skeleton," and "Little Shadow," among several others.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: The band is vocals, guitar and drums. As the band have grown and changed their style, they've eased up on this trope for a slightly more expansive production.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Dr. Octagon appears on "Buried Alive".